Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thirteen Ways of Looking, by Colum McCann

 MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2016, AT 1:00 P.M. 

Four unforgettable stories by the author of Let the Great World Spin, and winner of The National Book Award.  In the exuberant title novella, a retired judge reflects on his life’s work, unaware as he goes about his daily routines that this particular morning will be his last. In “Sh’khol,” a mother spending Christmas alone with her son confronts the unthinkable when he disappears while swimming off the coast near their home in Ireland. In “Treaty,” an elderly nun catches a snippet of a news report in which it is revealed that the man who once kidnapped and brutalized her is alive, masquerading as an agent of peace. And in “What Time Is It Now, Where You Are?” a writer constructs a story about a Marine in Afghanistan calling home on New Year’s Eve.